Debbie Sterling is the founder and CEO of GoldieBlox. Growing up in a small town in Rhode Island, she never knew what engineering was until her high school math teacher suggested she pursue it as a college major. She couldn't figure out why her math teacher thought she should be a train conductor! Nevertheless, she gave engineering a try during her freshman year at Stanford. Four years later, she graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering / Product Design. Bothered by how few women there were in her program, Debbie became obsessed with the notion of "disrupting the pink aisle" with a toy that would introduce girls to the joy of engineering at a young age.
In this award-winning debut story, Goldie builds a spinning machine to help her dog, Nacho, chase his tail. Soon all her friends want in on the action. Help Goldie build a belt drive machine to spin everybody!
6 - 8 Years
Thinking / Learning (Cause-Effect, Problem Solving)
- 5 animal figurines
- 1 pegboard
- 5 wheels
- 10 axles
- 5 blocks
- 5 washers
- 1 crank
- 1 ribbon
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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 | Review by: Cindy A
Basically the girls (aged 4 and 5) LOVED it. And let me tell you - so did Seth (my husband). He was in his element reading through the book with them - telling them the story but helping them to work it out on their own too. By the time they had it all set up they were smitten.
The story line was engaging and the characters were definitely right up their alley (it even has a ballerina). The pieces are pretty, colourful and durable - they survived the initial putting together and the subsequent fights about whose turn it is to have a chance now.
I love that although you can stick to the story and build the spinning machine - there is also a guide that helps you create other exciting models too.
They've been begging to play it ever since - even being able to do it all on their own (which is right up my alley too!)
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